As you plan for your sophomore year, one important task will be to continue progress in your major. This process is assisted by careful planning on your part, particularly if you want to take ECE 2799 by D-term of your second year.
The following tables display two examples of desirable course sequences for an ECE student. Both show series of courses that would allow a student to arrive at ECE 2799 in D-term with the proper recommended background (without considering such factors as recommended mathematics or science).
|C||ECE 2201 or ECE 2049|
|A||ECE 2201 or ECE 2049|
Of course, if you desire even greater flexibility in your schedule, there are many paths besides these two. For example, you may take two ECE courses concurrently in a term, provided that one is not recommended background for the other. Also, you may wait until B-term of your junior year to take ECE 2799; this decision may be helpful if you chose not to start your ECE classes until later, or if you want to have a stronger background in ECE, mathematics, or science before attempting the course. However, we do advise against waiting until the end of junior year (or later) to take ECE 2799, as it may hinder your ability to find an MQP on time.
By the end of sophomore year, you should have finished taking most of your mathematics and science classes, as these courses serve as background for further work in your major. Also, all ECE students should complete the computer science requirement in this year, if they have not yet done so.
Many students choose to complete their Humanities and Arts Requirement in the sophomore year. If you did not make much progress in completing humanities courses as a freshman, you should do so in this year. Do not feel rushed, though—you do not necessarily have to complete this requirement as a sophomore.
Another important task in your second year is to investigate WPI's "Global Perspective Program". Many WPI students perform their IQP at an off-campus project site; this is especially true in the ECE Department. However, if you are planning to complete your IQP off-campus as a junior, the application process begins in your sophomore year. For more information about off-campus projects, see the "Projects" section of the undergraduate catalog, or contact the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division (IGSD).
Finally, keep in mind that by the end of sophomore year, you should be sufficiently educated in ECE to attempt an internship in industry during the following summer, if you so desire. If you are interested, be sure to talk to your academic advisor and investigate the resources available at WPI's Career Development Center.